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Public health alert issued for those who visited Colorado Springs Bridge Center from late Feb. to early March

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Posted at 2:35 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 10:06:17-04

EL PASO COUNTY — The state announced Saturday that El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH) has learned that the woman who died from COVID-19 on March 13 attended bridge games at the Colorado Springs Bridge Center from Feb. 27 through March 3.

The EPCPH and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) have released the following information in the interest of public health.

The two agencies said that if you or a close contact attended the Colorado Springs Bridge Center between late February and early March, AND are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider immediately. Do not go into the facility prior to calling ahead.

The announcement said this is especially important for people who attended the following games at the center:

  • 02/27/2020 Thursday Evening Unit Pairs
  • 02/28/2020 Friday Morning Pairs
  • 02/28/2020 Friday Morning Pairs
  • 02/29/2020 299er Pairs
  • 03/01/2020 299er Swiss
  • 03/03/2020 499'rs

“We’re extremely concerned about possible transmission both at the tournament and in communities after they went home,” said Kimberly Pattison, EPCPH Communicable Disease Program Manager. “Many attendees were older people who might be especially vulnerable to severe illness from COVID-19.”

The agency said during a press conference (above) Saturday that they know the woman interacted with around 100 people while playing bridge. While investigating the case, they found another presumptive positive case in a man who did play bridge with her. That man is the third case in El Paso County.

This is the first instance of community spread in El Paso County.

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